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May 2002 Releases by Sharon Archer

Here's a list of what's coming out in the US this month in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If we missed something or you have a title coming out in the future, email us at
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The featured hardcover from ACE this month is an Alternative History from John Maddox Roberts author of the SPQR books, a series of mystery novels set in ancient Rome, who once again exhibits his extensive knowledge of the era in  Hannibal's Children which examines the possible historical consequences of Hannibal of Carthage succeeding in conquering Rome during the second Punic War.  For readers enjoying a blend of romance, intrigue and fantasy out in Trade Paperback from Ace will be a romantic adventure from the author of the Samaria trilogy, Sharon Shinn, Summers at Castle Auburn. Also out in a Trade Paperback edition will be Tales from Earthsea, Ursula K LeGuin's 2001 collection of five stories (three of them originals), set in in the Earthsea Cycle's fantasy world of Tehanu. Reader's new to the series will appreciate the author's forward and the Description of Earthsea included.

New and reissued works released in mass market paperback editions in May include Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions a double volume of two classics from Robert Asprin's popular series; the second volume  in the Liaden Universe series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller Scout's Progress and; the third book in the Starhawk SF adventure series by Mack Maloney, The Fourth Empire.  Also for the younger reader the first in the Young Merlin series, in a new digest edition, The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron.   .                                                                                                                                            The featured AVON/EOS hardcover release for May 2002 is the 1st US edition of Australian author Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder a novel set in a far future (20,000 years) when mankind's achieved immortality is endangered by an experiment in quantum physics gone awry. Also out from the publisher will be a new novel from Holly Lisle in mass market paperback, Memory of Fire, an alternate reality fantasy and,  a mass market paperback edition of Book 3 in Robert Silverberg's Prestimion Trilogy, The King of Dreams (Jun'01), which is also the concluding volume in his long running Majipoor Cycle begun in 1980 with Lord Valentine's Castle.

Hardcover releases from BAEN BOOKS in May include the latest volume in Lois McMaster Bujold's much admired Vorkosigan Saga, Diplomatic Immunity (see our review) sure to satisfy the legions of  Bujold fans as they follow the ongoing adventures of  Miles and his new bride, Ekaterin.  SFRevu contributor Dave Goldfeder and editor Ernest Lilley (having recently entered into the state of wedded bliss himself and being an avid fan of the author) share review rights for this popular publication. Readers new to the series will appreciate the chronology of Miles' earlier adventures included at the end of the book. Also in hardcover by some of our favorite Military SF authors will be Warmasters an anthology of three novellas- David Weber's "Ms Midshipwoman Harrington" the tale of Honor's eventful "middy" cruise (see SFRevu 2.10 for a look at several Honor Harrington reviews and an author interview); Eric Flint's "Islands" which brings back the blind Byzantine soldier Calopodius from  the Drake/Flint Belisarius alternate history series and David Drake's "Choosing Sides" a Hammer's Slammers story.  

Continuing his run of multiple monthly releases Eric Flint this month has also edited and compiled for Baen a paperback collection, Keith Laumer: The Lighter Side of an author well known for his enjoyable, amusing and often satirical Retief novels.  New in paperback will also be what is described as a satire of butt-kicking TV series heroines from Rosemary Edghill, The Warslayer. Baen will also be bringing out a mass market paperback edition of last year's March Upcountry a coming-of-age Military SF novel by David Weber teamed up here with John Ringo.

BANTAM SPECTRA will be releasing in paperback a Sword & Sorcery fantasy adventure Devlin's Luck by Patricia Bray. 

And out from CHRONCILE BOOKS will be a hardcover adaptation by John Whitman of George Lucas' Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones illustrated by Brandon McKinney.  

Fans should be sure to check out SFRevu's extensive Star Wars coverage in this month's issue including reviews of the greatly anticipated Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones movie (review), R.A. Salvatore's novelization (review)  and,  the one of the franchise's latest computer games Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (review).

May's releases from DAW include two hardcover collections edited by Betsy Wolheim and Shelia Gilbert. To celebrate their third decade Daw invited all the authors they've published to submit stories and compiled the contributions into two commemorative volumes.  Reviewed in this issue by SFRevu-ers editor Ernest Lilley,  DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology (review) and EJ McClure, DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction Anthology (review) both volumes provide a cornucopia of diverse reading. EJ commends the editors' interesting and informative introduction as well as the 18 "gems" by such Daw luminaries as Andre Norton, Tanith Lee, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Christopher Stasheff, Lynn Abbey and others in her review while Ernest found the SF collection to contain a number of satisfying selections and insights into this publisher as well.

Paperback releases will include the second omnibus edition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels The Ages of Chaos featuring Stormqueen (1979) and Hawkmistress; and the  third volume of the Merlin's Descendants series by Irene Radford, Guardian of the Vision (May'01)  which Publisher's Weekly called an entertaining blend of fantasy and history that invites comparison with Bradley.

DEL REY this month is featuring two R.A. Salvatore works, in hardcover is Book Two of the Second DemonWars Saga: Transcendence a blend of warfare, politics and religion that Publishers Weekly commends as a thoughtful look at the making of a war leader and, the mass market paperback edition of the initial volume in this series, Ascendance (2001) which continued the story of a favorite character from the first DemonWars triolgy Jilseponie "Pony" Wyndon .  See also in this issue our review of R.A. Salvatore's best-selling novelization Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones released by Del Rey late last month.

Out in a Trade paperback edition will be the 1994 James Tiptree Jr. Award winner Nicola Griffith's Ammonite which NY Times Book Reviewer Gerald Jones noted pays homage to Ursula K. Le Guin 's Left Hand of Darkness with its tale of the planet Jeep's colonization uncovering a virus that kills off all the men leaving only a few women who must undergo change to survive.  In mass market paperback will be a 'Marines In Space' adventure Starfist: Kingdom's Swords by David Sherman and Dan Gragg a follow up to the initial Starfist book First To Flight.

Del Rey will be one of two publishers honoring author Douglas Adams with posthumous releases this month by bringing out in Trade edition The Penultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a single volume collection of five novels from this series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and EverythingSo Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and, Mostly Harmless. Click to see next page

HARMONY BOOKS will publish in hardback The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time a collection edited by Peter Guzzardi of writings by Adams including letters, idea fragments for books, films and TV, reflections on numerous subjects, and 10 chapters from an unfinished Dirk Gently novel that gives this collection its name, along with commentaries by a number of friends and admirers. 

POCKET BOOKS will release several works set in the Star Trek universes.  In Trade Paperback will be Strange New Worlds V the fifth volume of  fan writen stories set in just about every Trek universe from TOS to Voyager, edited by Dean Wesley Smith. SFRevu's Ernest Lilley urged everyone with any affection for Trek to read an earlier volume in his Jul'98 review.   The chronicle of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's first command is the focus of a new mass market paperback series Stargazer beginning this month with the release of the first two books by popular Star Trek author Michael Jan Friedman. Gauntlet introduces the new crew of the USS Stargazer under the command of its newly promoted captain and, Progenitor featuring Picard and the ship's Chief Engineer Simenon.  Pocket will also be releasing in eBook format  Starfleet Corps of Engineers #15: Past Life in which the U.S.S. da Vinci's crew is sent to investigate evidence of an ancient alien visitation to the planet Evora. 

Click to see next pageRANDOM HOUSE will release the long awaited fifth volume in the projected six-part Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel, begun in 1980 with Clan of the Cave Bear. The latest novel, The Shelters of Stone set in Pleistocene Europe at the end of the last Ice Age continues the story of Cro-Magnons Ayla and Jondalar where it left off in the last book, 1990's The Plains Passage.


ROC has several mass market paperbacks scheduled for release in May including a return to print of Dennis McKiernan's classic Mithgar tale Dragondoom, a return to the world of Archangel Protocol by author Lyda Morehouse with what Booklist describes as another cheeky send-up of apocalyptic Christianity (and Islam) Fallen Host a follow up to her 2001 debut novel and, The Darker Side: Generations of Horror an anthology of 27 original stories written by a host of today's most prominent horror authors and edited by John Pelan who previous edited 1998's  Darkside: Horror for the New Millennium.   

Once again TOR will be treating readers to a diverse selection with May's line up which includes Fire Logic by Laurie Marks said to be a beautifully written fantasy and, a number of hardcover from authors outside the US borders. Hominids by Robert Sawyer (see review) is described as a stand-alone SF novel that is also the first book of The Neanderthal Parallax, a trilogy that will examine two distinctive species, humans and the Neanderthals of a parallel world where Homo sapiens died out and Neanderthals became the dominant intelligent species;  Mindworlds from Canadian poet Phyllis Gottlieb is the final volume in a far-future SF trilogy which includes Flesh and Gold and Violent Stars that Publisher's Weekly described as one part space opera ....and one part hard-boiled thriller, this book has caught the attention of several of our reviewers see next month's issue for a review;  also generating interest is Canadian Karl Schroeder's follow up to his debut novel Ventus (SFRevu Jan'01) which editor Ernest Lilley had highly recommended,  Permanence a complex  mix of intrigue, theology and nanotechnology  is reviewed (go to review) in this issue of  SFRevu.  From the UK comes two first US editions- Starman from Sara Douglass a Tencendor tale and the final volume the Axis Trilogy that includes Wayfarer Redemption and Paul McAuley's Whole Wide World a SF thriller set in a near future London that has been altered by an Infowar that wiped out most computer records and the rise  to power of a right-wing government that has developed a complex security network monitoring all activities.  SFRevu's John Berlyne has high words of praise for this author and his works deeming this novel a virtuoso performance, a fantastic read which he highly recommends in his Sep'01 review of the UK edition. In conjunction with this release will be a mass market paperback edition of McAuley's The Secret of Life which John also considered a great read in his Jan'01 review commending the author's writing as excellent, often satirical and always appealing.

Trade Paperbacks of note will include a reissue by ORB of author Jonathan Carroll's  Bones of the Moon the first novel in the Rondua trilogy, originally published in 1988which Stephen King is quoted as saying is a gorgeous, frightening, imaginative, funny, gruesome, thought-provoking novel; for fans of Celtic folklore, an Irish historical from Morgan Llywelyn Finn Mac Cool a retelling of the story of the legendary warrior  published in hardcover in 1994 that Booklist had commended as full of color and poetry and the wonderful flavor of real Irish speech; and the latest volume in the award-winning highly praised anthology series edited by Patrick Hayden Nielsen Starlight 3 last year's (Jul'01) collection of 16 original short fiction pieces with contributions by Steven Baxter, Jane Yolen, Geoffry A. Landis, Terry Bisson, Ted Chiang and others.   

Mass market paperback editions of interest out this month from Tor include David Gerrold's Bouncing Off the Moon, Andre Norton & Sasha Miller's Knight or Knave the second book in  the cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash and Rowan, The Shadow Sorceress by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. the first volume in the second Spellsong trilogy and Destiny the concluding volume of Elizabeth Haydon's fantasy trilogy that began with Rhapsody and continued with Prophecy.  

Finally, from Tor's YA SF & F line of trade paperback editions STARSCAPE will be tale by Joan Aiken set in her alternative Britain universe The Whispering Mountain  a   reworking of the "Golden Harp of Teitu" fable.  The second release this month will be Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card a parallel novel to his Hugo and Nebula award-winning Ender's Game which Starscape had also released earlier this year. Shadow begins and ends at about the same time as the earlier work, chronicling many of the same events from the viewpoint of the smallest and youngest Battle School student, Ender's lieutenant Bean.

VIKING PRESS will also release an anthology geared to YA readers,  compiled by the successful editing team of  Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest is a hardcover collection of 15 stories and 3 poems, all original works, most coming-of -age tales featuring different takes on various mythical figures associated with Nature.  

WARNER ASPECT is bringing out in Trade Paperback a collection of reprinted stories that SRevu's EJ McClure calls a worthy endeavor and a worthwhile addition to any fantasy-lover's bookcase - A Quest-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic edited by Margaret Weis (review) contains 11 diverse quest-driven tales from such notable authors as Orson Scott Card,  C.J. Cherryh, Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey and Michael Moorcock.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST will publish in hardcover a collection detailing many of the deities in the Forgotten Realms universe, Faiths and Pantheons by Eric Boyd and Erik Mona. In mass market paperback this month will be the climatic end to the Magic:The Gathering, Odyssey Cycle trilogy, Judgement by Will McDermott described as revealing the final changes to the Magic world giving fans a preview of the newest Magic card set; Sister of the Sword  by Paul Thompson the final book in The Barbarians Dragonlance trilogy and, a reissuing of .Ed Greenwood's top-selling novel from August of last year, Elminster in Hell.

Several smaller presses also have hardcover releases planned for May. COSMOS BOOKS will release City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer, a re-working of the 2001 trade paperback collection which now contains a new novella "The Cage", revisions to the other main novellas which include "Dradin, In Love" and his World Fantasy Award winning novella "Transformation of Martin Lake" and,  work from seven artists.                                            GOLDEN GRYPHON PRESS is scheduled to publish the first US collection by Hugo and Nebula award-nominated British author Ian Watson, The Great Escape containing 19 stories that as Publisher's Weekly puts it, showcases the author's knack for contemporary dark fantasy, often blended with an SF chaser.  SUBTERRANEAN PRESS will be bringing out a contemporary fairy tale Seven Wild Sisters a collaboration between author Charles de Lint and World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator Charles Vess.                  WILDSIDE PRESS will release Dreams of the Compass Rose, Vera Nazarian's first fantasy novel that Publisher's Weekly calls a clever concoction of vignettes and short stories knitted into a morality tale.  

Additionally, as a tie-in to the film version directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise scheduled for release this summer two publishers will be bringing out different treatments featuring the same Philip K. Dick novella. CITADEL PRESS will publish a 96 page hardcover of The Minority Report while PANTHEON BOOKS will release The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories in a 394 page paperback edition originally published in hardcover in 1992.